Here's a quick video to show you how you can help keep your work at home job search more organized with a little tool called, Trello. What Trello does is allows you to make these little boards and these boards will give you a visual of your workflow there so you can help keep things organized.
In our case, we're going to be using this to keep track of our job search and the jobs that we're applying to. Other people online, say bloggers, might use this for their editorial calendars, or their editorial processes, or even things like product creation. Rather than just a little to-do list type thing, this is going to let us see what things we're working on and where we're at in that process.
First things first, this is going to be a public board that I'm going to share with you so you can make a copy for yourself to get you started.
When you click on the link it's probably going to ask you to go ahead and make an account. Trello is free, so you can go ahead and do that. Just enter your email and your password. You don't have to worry about this being something that you're paying for.
Once you do that, you're going to go over here to the menu, click more, and then click copy board. That's going to copy everything for you that you see right here. This is just going to give you a little starting place and then you can go ahead and customize it as you see fit for what you're doing.
In the first place here I put in our first card. The first thing we need to do is get ready. We're going to be doing a lot of batching here with our job search. The first thing I want you to do is get your resume ready, get your skill's list ready so that when you're submitting these applications you can do a bunch at once. You don't have to worry about starting from scratch each time.
Whenever you see this little list here, it's going to mean that this card has a description. When you click on that, you're going to see that I have left you a link to my How to Land Your First Work at Home Job, that's going to give you some additional resume and application tips and also some templates if you need it.
Once you have your resume ready, you are ready to start finding some jobs. Again, I have left you some links here to get you started. You've got my job leads page and a couple of good lists that I have on my website.
The first thing we're going to do is visit the leads page. The reason that I'm going to do this is to show you another cool little thing that Trello offers that is going to come in handy for you.
I'm going to scan down here and let's say that this is a job that I want to apply to. What I'm going to do is, Trello offers a little extension for your browser and if you click on that extension when you're on a website it's going to allow you to save it. For us, we're going to go down here and save it to the board that is for current job openings that we want to apply to. We're going to click that and we're going to put Sitel as the name of the company. We want to attach this, because this is going to attach the link to this URL so we can visit it later when we're ready to submit our batch of applications. Now when we go back to our Trello board we're going to see, here's this job lead.
Next up, let's say that we want to apply to this Amazon customer service job. The first thing that I want you to do here, I've made a little checklist for you, you are going to label this job card.
I've made some labels for you over here to get you started. These are things that maybe you want to keep track of, the different jobs you're applying to, maybe you want to ... You're looking for a little mix of full-time and part-time work. You might want to keep track of whether this is an independent contractor or an employee position and maybe you want to mark down whether this is your dream job, or whether this is just kind of a runner up and you're going to be doing this while you're waiting for something else. Or, if the two pop up at the same time, you're going to know right away this is the one I really want to go after.
Now I'm going to make sure that my resume and my cover letter are tailored to this job based on the description.
Next, I'm going to submit my application and the last thing I'm going to do is move this over to the applied list. I can also make some comments down here and this is going to keep track of activity for me so I know what I've done. Once I'm done, I'm just going to drag this over here to applications sent and I'm going to move on to the next thing.
Now, for say this one that we just added here. Here it saved that URL for me that I could click through, but what I want to do first is I want to copy that checklist from before so I know what I'm doing. I'm going to copy items from right here and now it's going to pop these up for me so I know what to do first. Again, here's my labels so I can click what I want to keep track of here and get on with my business.
Once we have our applications sent, the next step would obviously be if we get a request for an interview, we're going to move them over here. Once we get that interview done, we're going to send a thank you email to the person that interviewed us. Then we're going to put it here in the waiting on response.
Now what I have also done here is, Trello lets you add in some little extras here, and one of those extras is Power-Ups. These are just different little things that will help you, depending on what the board is and the workflow is that you are working on.
What I've done is enabled the card aging. What's going to happen here is as these are sitting in the waiting on response, they're slowly going to start fading away. That's going to let me know that I applied to this job and nothing's really happening, I'm just kind of waiting, so I need to move onto the next thing.
Maybe once these disappear, if you see the job lead pop up again, maybe it's a good time to reapply because just because you've applied to something once, doesn't mean you should never apply for it again. That position's going to come open again and maybe they don't keep all of the applications from before. Maybe they start fresh every time. This little aging card power up is going to kind of let you know how long its been since you've worked on a job.
Again, if you're accepted you can put that job there. If you're rejected, you can add another here and all you have to do to do that is just click the inner, or outer list and put rejected so you can kind of keep track of the different places that you have applied and what the outcome was.
That is how you can keep things a little more organized when it comes to your job search. I'd love to hear your Trello and job search tips in the comments as well.